The Alex

January 23, 2012 13:04 ET

Alberta's Premier to Launch The Alex's Youth Health Bus

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2012) - Premier Alison Redford will visit Forest Lawn High School this Wednesday, Jan. 25th to officially launch The Alex's new Youth Health Bus. The school is located at 1304 - 44 St. S.E.

This mobile health bus is the first of its kind in Canada dedicated specifically to youth and provides comprehensive primary health care services. It will be on the road four days a week, stopping at eight Calgary high schools. The bus is staffed with a physician, nurse and youth worker who will provide medical care, help and advice for at-risk youth who frequently have nowhere else to turn.

Redford and three of her ministers, Manmeet Bhullar, Doug Horner and Thomas Lukaszuk will be at the launch, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. this Wednesday.

"Our mobile health unit provides comprehensive primary health care services," says Shelley Heartwell, CEO at The Alex. "We focus on prevention and early intervention. We try to eliminate many of the barriers that exist in accessing health care for young people. We eliminate transportation barriers because we go to the youth."

"We've really set up a team approach," Heartwell adds, "in that we work with schools which provide educational support and we provide the health care." Youth who would like an appointment on the bus simply put their name on a sign-up sheet in their school's office. A regular weekly travel schedule for the bus makes for easy follow-up with students who need to be seen again.

The Alex takes a holistic, inclusive approach to health care that includes the social, cultural and economic factors which affect physical health. This year marks The Alex's 40th year of providing accessible health care for all Calgarians.

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